Results of the first underground run of the LUX dark matter experiment

TUNL Seminar Series
Carmen Carmona

LUX (Large Underground Xenon) is a dark matter direct detection experiment deployed at the 4850' level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD, operating a 370 kg dual-phase xenon TPC. We have recently reported the results of the first WIMP search dataset, taken during the period of April to August 2013, presenting the analysis of 85.3 live-days with a fiducial volume of 118 kg. The experiment exhibited a sensitivity to spin-independent WIMP-nucleon elastic scattering with a minimum upper limit on the cross section of 7.6 x 10^-46 cm^2 at a WIMP mass of 33 GeV/c^2, establishing the best limits in the literature. This sensitivity is inconsistent with the low-mass WIMP signal interpretations of the results from several recent direct detection experiments. This talk will provide an overview of the experiment, focusing in the recent science results.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Physics 298